Marcel Brands joins Everton boardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton football director Marcel Brands has joined the club’s board.Brands has already helped implement a number of important changes at Goodison Park and worked closely with manager Marco Silva, chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, to secure the recruitment of seven players during last summer’s transfer window.He has started work on delivering the Club’s long-term, permanent football strategy.Brands said: “It gives me a lot of confidence that I’m a Board member now and I hope to do the best for our Club.“Being at Everton has been even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it was a great chance for me to come to the Premier League and join Everton.“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here. I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”Kenwright added: “I think we’ve got a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot. He has totally reorganised our scouting, he wants our kids to play the same as Marco’s first team and we are really happy with the team we have got. Marcel is terrific to work with. We really feel secure with Marco and Marcel. They won’t sign anyone who they don’t think will improve us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan coach Gattuso urges Higuain to reject Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he doesn’t want to lose Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is now in talks with Chelsea.”If Gonzalo wasn’t training the way I like to see, then I would not have made the decision to use him in the squad against Sampdoria,” assured Gattuso ahead of their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.“There is gossip around him at this moment, but seeing the way he trains, the effort he puts in and the professionalism with which he treats me, you wouldn’t know.“The rest is down to his brother, his agent and Leonardo. I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see. As long as he is here and continues to behave with this level of professionalism, it won’t be a problem for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks Aussie keepersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.Klopp discussed the Aussie ahead of facing Brighton this weekend.He said, “Usually in goal, I didn’t know him [Matthew Ryan] really before I came to England, but Mitch Langerak was my second goalkeeper at Dortmund and I always thought is it possible for Australia to have a better goalkeeper than him? “Yes, obviously because Ryan is fantastic on the line.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves discuss Coady extension as Liverpool, Arsenal circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Wolves defender Conor Coady. The 25-year-old has starred this season for the Black Country club.It is believed Wolves are preparing a brand new contract for the Englishman to ward off any potential suitors.They would be Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Both clubs are in need for a centre-back this month. Coady graduated from Liverpool’s academy in 2013 before joining Huddersfield Town a season later.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone delighted for Diego Costa after goal in victory at Mallorcaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was delighted for Diego Costa after scoring in victory at Real Mallorca.Costa hasn’t had it easy in front of goal lately and his coach is hoping the this strike will lead to more.”We know that strikers live on goals,” Simeone said after the game.”It’s very good for him and for the team.”I’m happy because he needed the goal. He’s one of our most important players in attack and if our forwards play well then it’s easier to win.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna midfielder Orsolini: Mihajlovic always in touchby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna midfielder Riccardo Orsolini says coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is always in touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically present,” winger Orsolini told DAZN.“He gave us a good telling off even on Skype! We had some cameras installed at the training ground that allow him to watch our sessions live and give us corrections in real time.“He might not be physically with us, but he never leaves our side nonetheless.”
With the NCAA Tournament finishing up its third round games yesterday, we figured we’d give you another kind of bracket to debate until the Sweet 16 gets started. The ‘Round of 64’ matchups in our 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases bracket have been completed, and there were a few surprises – at least to us. You can check out the opening round contests for the #BBN region here, the #FSUTwitter region here, the #WeAre region here, and the #PAWWWL region here.We’ve condensed the ‘Round of 32’ games into this one post, so make sure to vote on all 16 matchups below. Who will eventually be crowned the most annoying fan base in all of college sports?The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 8. Ohio State Football FansKentucky Basketball Fans received 68% of the vote against College Basketball Fans Who Only Care About The NCAA Tournament. Ohio State Football Fans crushed Coach Cal Haters, gaining 73% of the vote in their contest. Was OSU seeded too low? We’ll find out when they take on #BBN. More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or Ohio State Football Fans?4. Indiana Basketball Fans vs. 5. Auburn Football FansAuburn Football Fans just edged Oregon Football Fans, 55%-45%. Indiana Basketball Fans were voted more annoying than Wichita State Basketball Fans, 65%-35%. This could be one of the closest matchups of the entire round. More Annoying: Auburn Football Fans or Indiana Basketball Fans?2. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans vs. 10. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket PicksUConn Women’s Basketball Fans took down Syracuse Lacrosse Fans, 71%-29%. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks actually scored the first upset of the tournament, taking down Louisville Basketball Fans, 59%-41%. It’ll be interesting to see which group people find more intolerable here. More Annoying: People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks vs. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans3. S-E-C Chanters vs. 6. Drake Apologists A particularly strong early round matchup here. S-E-C Chanters demolished Boise State Football Fans, 76%-24%. Drake Apologists crushed NC State Basketball Fans, 69%-31%. Good luck picking this one. More Annoying: Drake Apologists or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below1. Duke Basketball Fans vs. 9. Kansas Basketball FansDuke Basketball Fans beat out Arizona Basketball Fans, 85%-15% in the opening round, proving their worthiness. Kansas Basketball Fans, on the other hand, just eked out Oklahoma Football Fans, 51%-49%. Who marches on to the Sweet 16? More Annoying: Duke Basketball Fans or Kansas Basketball Fans?4. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits vs. 5. West Virginia Football FansFans Who Tweet At Recruits put a whooping on Ole Miss Football Fans, winning 80%-20%. West Virginia Football Fans beat out Conference Realignment Rumormongers, 52%-48%. The Twitter hacks are going to be tough to take down. More Annoying: West Virginia Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 7. North Carolina Basketball FansIt’s an all-ACC matchup in this one. Florida State Football Fans defeated Baylor Football Fans, 79%-21%. North Carolina Basketball Fans cruised against Michigan State Basketball Fans, 72%-28%. We’ll see if they can stop #FSUTwitter’s run to the Final Four. More Annoying: North Carolina Basketball Fans or Florida State Football Fans?3. USC Football Fans vs. 11. NCAA ApologistsUSC Football Fans had a strong showing, gathering 83% of the vote against Rutgers Football Fans. Meanwhile, in a true upset, NCAA Apologists took down Florida Football Fans, 52%-48%. The Trojans fan base is a heavy favorite here. More Annoying: NCAA Apologists or USC Football Fans?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 9. Maryland Basketball FansNotre Dame Football Fans may be the most annoying group in the country when it’s all said and done. Irish supporters scored 86% of the vote against BYU Basketball Fans in the first round. Maryland Basketball Fans scored an upset, taking down Iowa Football Fans 55%-45%. More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Maryland Basketball Fans?4. Miami Football Fans vs. 5. Michigan Football FansMiami Football Fans were voted more annoying than Nebraska Football Fans, 60%-40%. Michigan Football Fans, perhaps underseeded, crushed UCLA Basketball Fans, 77%-23%. This one should be tight. More Annoying: Michigan Football Fans or Miami Football Fans?2. Penn State Football Fans vs. 7. Texas Football FansTwo fan bases of traditional powerhouses that had no trouble in the first round. PSU Football Fans took down Arizona State Basketball Fans, 80%-20%. Texas Football Fans were almost as dominant, knocking off Virginia Tech Football Fans, 73%-27%. More Annoying: Texas Football Fans or Penn State Football Fans?3. UConn Men’s Basketball Fans vs. 6. Texas A&M Football FansIn a matchup of former Big East rivals, UConn Men’s Basketball Fans were voted way more annoying than Villanova Basketball Fans, 82%-18%. Texas A&M Football Fans had no problem with Dick Vitale Haters, pulling in 61% of the vote. More Annoying: Texas A&M Football Fans or UConn Basketball Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 8. South Carolina Football FansAlabama Football Fans, a strong 1-seed, crushed Kenny Chesney Apologists in the first round, 82%-18%. South Carolina Fans were voted more annoying than that of their rival, Clemson, 60%-40%. We’ll be surprised if the Tide don’t roll on here. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or South Carolina Football Fans?4. Georgia Football Fans vs. 5. Syracuse Basketball FansEasily one of the hardest matchups to call in this round. Georgia Football Fans were voted more annoying that SEC Network Conspiracy Theorists, 53%-47%. Syracuse Basketball Fans, one of the best-traveling college basketball groups in the country, took down Gonzaga Basketball Fans, 73%-27%. This one is a toss-up. More Annoying: Syracuse Basketball Fans or Georgia Football Fans?2. Big East Nostalgists vs. 10. Tennessee Football FansBig East Nostalgists, who probably watch that 30 For 30 on repeat, cruised to victory over Georgetown Basketball Fans, 68%-32%. Tennessee Football Fans, on the other hand, scored an interesting upset over West Virginia Basketball Fans, 64%-36%. Are Vols supporters underseeded here? More Annoying: Tennessee Football Fans or Big East Nostalgists?3. Paul Finebaum Callers vs. 6. LSU Football FansSome of these people may actually fit into both categories, but regardless, it should be close. Paul Finebaum Callers, who more-than-deserve a category of their own, beat out Johns Hopkins Lacrosse Fans, 77%-23%. LSU Football Fans had no trouble with Pitt Basketball Fans, triumphing 80%-20%. Good luck picking this one. More Annoying: LSU Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Entire First Round’s Matchups Here >>>
Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has confirmed the Bluebirds are yet to pay Nantes the first instalment for missing striker Emiliano Sala.Earlier on Wednesday reports emerged that the Ligue 1 club were demanding six of the €15 million (£13m/$17m) from the Premier League club for the Argentine forward.AdChoices广告The plane carrying Sala – and pilot David Ibbotson – from Nantes to Cardiff went missing on January 21 , with Guernsey Police undertaking a search for the Piper Malibu aircraft in the following days. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After that exploration was stopped, a privately-funded search for the aircraft was launched and the plane was found on Sunday, with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirming one passenger is visible in the submerged wreckage.The AAIB have now recovered the body and, out of respect for Sala’s family, Dalman says Cardiff will allow an ongoing process to be completed before dealing with the payment to Nantes.”The only thing I can say, because it is a sensitive subject, is that I confirm that what you are saying [that Cardiff haven’t paid the first instalment] is true,” he told L’Equipe .”And to be honest, I do not want to say anything more at this time.”When asked why they are yet to pay, Dalman added: “The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet.”We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane. It’s too early for us to comment.”[We will pay] when we think it’s the right time to do it.”I don’t think Cardiff said we were not going to pay.”The AAIB said in a statement released on Wednesday: “In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”
Ajax star Donny van de Beek says he could stay at the club despite interest from “fantastic” Real Madrid.The 22-year-old has already confirmed Madrid have contacted Ajax over a possible transfer as a successful move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba looks increasingly unlikely.Van de Beek, who excelled in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, says there is nothing certain about his future but is not ruling out staying in Amsterdam. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “They’re a fantastic club, but Ajax are too,” he said to Ziggo Sport when asked about Madrid.”I’ve nothing to complain about in that regard. There’s a very good chance I’ll continue playing here, but nothing is certain yet.”When pressed on whether it would be better for the club to have clarity on his future, he said: “I hope so, too, because I’m a bit fed up with all the questions about it.”Van de Beek was involved on Tuesday as Ajax claimed a 3-2 win over PAOK to secure a 5-4 aggregate triumph in the third round of Champions League qualifying.Speaking ahead of that match, director of football Marc Overmars voiced his confidence that Van de Beek could decide to spend a little longer with the Eredivisie champions.”I don’t think it will take long for things to be clear,” Overmars told Ziggo Sport.When asked if he thought Van de Beek would stay, he replied: “I’ll go for yes.”Overmars did, however, confirm there is “absolutely” interest in the player.”I said a few weeks ago that, by a certain date, I want clarity. That date is set,” he added.Ajax have already seen Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) depart from last season’s squad, and would be loathe to see another star depart. The Eredivisie champions have a league match against VVV Venlo this weekend before they move on to face APOEL next week in the first leg of another two-leg Champions League play-off.